Jefferson And Thomas Jefferson: The Contributions Of The Declaration Of Independence
At the tender age of twenty-one years old, Jefferson through his fathers will led him to acquire five-thousand acres of land and with it fifty-two slaves. In 1768 production started to construct his Monticello plantation, in 1773 through his father in law he then inherited two plantations and an additional a hundred and thirty-five slaves. Thomas Jefferson as a state legislator obstructed contemplation of laws that might have ultimately ended slavery in Virginia. Jefferson by the year of 1776 had attained so much slaves that he ended up being one of the main planters in Virginia. On the contrary even though he had an enormous amount of slaves and land, with it he was in mounting debts, which gave him all the more purpose to not let go of his slaves. In Virginia a slaveholder can’t just elect to liberate his slaves, he must pay for the passage of the freed slaves out of Virginia or else pay a penalty of ten pounds. Jefferson served as a member on the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1769 to 1774 in which he continuously operated to oppose British control of the colonies. He showed himself as an experienced draftsmen after writing his pamphlet "Summary View of the Rights of British America".In this he highlighted natural rights, counting that of emigration, and deprived parliamentary power over the colonies, identifying no link with the mother country excluding the king. This came to be when the First Continental Congress first Virginia Convention was being held in August. Jefferson on his way to the convention felt too sick to appear. Nonetheless, in place of him he sent this strongly composed paper, later called “Summary View of the Rights of British America”. This illuminated his capabilities in articulating with clarity when professing aspirations of patriotic independency from British colonies.